We have written before about Teach First:
Now despite all the whinging and patch protection, Education Minister Hekia Parata this week announced that she is going to extend and and expand what she describes as a a ground-breaking teacher training programme.
New Zealand needed more teachers able to teach science, technology and maths. These are subjects where graduates can often make a lot more money elsewhere. The pilot has been successful in attracting top quality graduates to the teaching profession and keeping them. All and all this is a great result with the added bonus that these teachers are unlikely to go along with the chalk face mentality of the PPTA. After all the PPTA were against them from the start, taking Teach First to court in an attempt to have the student teachers ruled illegal. Now that these new teachers are qualified they might as well return the favour and use their voting rights ( if they bother to join the union ) to make some changes.
“The Teach First NZ pilot has been very effective in attracting high-achieving graduates into teaching. That’s why I’m pleased we’ve extended the programme for a further three years to train 40 new secondary school teachers, and are expanding it by another ten places focused on science, technology and maths in 2017. This means there will be up to 50 newly trained teachers from this programme by the end of 2018,” says Ms Parata.